This Week In Doctor Who - July 16, 2003
- THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO - July 16, 2003
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Vol 6, No 29
It's been a big week for Doctor Who. First up, the late-breaking story that
you probably haven't heard yet. BBV http://www.bbvonline.co.uk/ , makers of
direct to video and CD sci-fi stories, has made a deal which will present
some of their stories on TV in the USA for the first time ever. The stories
may or may not have aired in the UK before. BBV has created the "Stranger"
series (Colin Baker as a man of mystery who explores the Supernatural), the
PROBE series (the further adventures of Elizabeth Shaw, formerly of UNIT),
the Auton trilogy, and other stories. Here is the official press release
from KTEH 54/KCAH 25 San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org/ , the
station which has the deal with BBV:
"KTEH (PBS, Silicon Valley) has managed to secure the rights to two BBV
titles for a special evening in August.
"The Airzone Solution and the first installment of the Auton trilogy will
air on Sunday, 17 August, 2003 at 8:00pm and 9:30pm (PDT) respectively. This
is rather a special night for Science Fiction and Doctor Who fans, and not
just in the Silicon Valley - if the evening performs well in attracting
enough interest in terms of membership, then KTEH will go forward with a
contract to purchase nineteen of the BBV titles with an eye on distributing
them to other public television stations in the US.
"Anyone can call in a pledge of support for the programs at 1-800-225-5454
on the night. A selection of BBV products will be available as thank-you
gifts, as will the KTEH DVD of interviews with Patrick Troughton, Jon
Pertwee and Tom Baker."
Here's hoping for the best for KTEH's experiment. It'd be fun if these
stories could find their way onto television in the US (and the rest of the
world, frankly). This Week In Doctor Who will include the schedule info on
BBV broadcasts when and where they occur.
In other news, RICHARD E. GRANT is the NINTH DOCTOR!!!
BBCi http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/ announced that Richard E. Grant
would be the new Doctor in an official story coming out for Doctor Who's
40th anniversary just hours after last week's column went out. "The Scream
Of The Shalka" will feature the 9th Doctor years after his regeneration,
settled into his new incarnation. This is an official story and a very
official BBC accredited Doctor. SFX magazine has a description of the 9th
Doctor as "impatient, a bit angry with humans, but caring and passionate,
bitingly witty, vulnerable, brittle, and a bit of a snob". His new companion
will be called Alison Cheneym (Sophie Okoendo), a companion in the same
sense as Grace Holloway in the TV Movie and Spandrell in The Deadly
Assassin. In a first for Doctor Who, the story will be fully animated to DVD
quality standards, with animation done by the Cosgrove Hall company
(Dangermouse, Count Duckula). Paul Cornell wrote the story for BBCi. As of
this time, it will air as a webcast on BBCi's Doctor Who website. If the
reaction is good, there could be more. Paul Cornell describes the story as a
beginning, not an end. Lots of details at the BBC website, Outpost Gallifrey
http://www.gallifreyone.com/ , and Richard E. Grant's website
http://www.richard-e-grant.com/ . You may remember Mr. Grant's performace as
the 10th Doctor (lick the mirror handsome) in the charity special The Curse
Of Fatal Death, which is not considered official.
American Who http://www.americanwho.net/ will feature an interview with Paul
Cornell in this week's edition answering questions about "The Scream Of The
Shalka". Direct link at
UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv/ has a poll on their website to help determine
which stories will air during their 2 day 40th anniversary Who marathon on
22+23 November. If you want to vote, and you have software blocking pop up
ads on your computer, you will need to disable it long enough for the poll
And a happy anniversary to Doctor Who fandom in Australia. Doctor Who
premiered in Australia on 16 July 1965.
On Monday July 13, 1998, This Week In Doctor Who published its first edition
to the rec.arts.drwho newsgroup on Usenet. I thought that Doctor Who fans
might like to know which stations were airing Who stories and what's been
broadcast. And I'd been searching for something like it online for 2 years,
so I decided to take a stab myself. The inspiration came while watching
Maryland Public TV airing An Unearthly Child in episode format, which
appropriately enough they are doing again next month. It had two immediate
reactions - high praise that someone was trying to gather all this
information, and boy had I made a lot of mistakes with that first edition!
Within a week the column was being carried on Siobahn Morgan's Nitro-9
website http://nitro9.earth.uni.edu/doctor/homepage.html (perhaps the oldest
and most loved Doctor Who site on the web), Outpost Gallifrey
http://www.gallifreyone.com/ , and the Alliance Newsletter, which galvanized
online fandom in the late 1990s. And it took off from there. The Yahoo Group
many of you get This Week from today
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho/ didn't begin till April
of 2001, when the column was close to 3 years old. Longtime readers have
seen the column improve and grow over time, have seen the moods shift from
optimistic to neutral to pessimistic and back again over the years.
Hopefully you had a good time.
As Doctor Who's 40th anniversary approaches, This Week In Doctor Who has no
plans to go away. I think the 40th anniversary will be bigger than the 35th
anniversary of the series. Let's find out.
And lest I forget the other sites who graciously host this column:
http://www.wolvesoffenric.freeserve.co.uk/ - UK based site
http://www.varos.net/drwho/ - your guide to Australian fandom, and the best
resource when Doctor Who returns to Australian TV (I'm certain it will -
While I try to keep the column up to date, I do sometimes miss late changes
to schedules. If you see TWIDW's information getting out of synch with what
your local station is actually airing, let me know ASAP.
Additions and corrections are welcome at
firstname.lastname@example.org , bfelliott@... ,
bfelliott3 on AOL IM, or thebfe on Yahoo Messenger. And now, the listings:
"Shada" - new 6 episode version of Douglas Adams' TV story. Paul McGann as
the 8th Doctor. The 3rd story produced for BBCi.
"Real Time" - the 6th Doctor battles the Cybermen in this illustrated audio
story first produced in 2002. The 2nd story produced for BBCi.
And Coming In November ...
"The Scream Of The Shalka" - Richard E. Grant as the 9th Doctor in a
fully-animated story for the 40th Anniversary. The 4th story produced for
BBCi, and the first one to have full animation instead of illustrations.
American Who http://www.americanwho.net/
This Week - Paul Cornell gives Joey Reynolds 20 minutes and discusses some
details of the upcoming 9th Doctor story on BBCi this November. Also,
Charles Martin tries to clarify and calm the fears involved when new
chapters in one's favorite saga comes along. Remember when we heard about
new Star Wars films and new Star Trek shows? The future of Doctor Who on the
next American Who.
http://www.interstellartransmissions.com/who/7403.mp3 - Arnold T. Blumberg
An interview with Arnold T. Blumberg, co-author of "Howe's Transcendental
Toybox", a guide to Doctor Who merchandise over the decades.
Business Talk Radio Network http://www.businesstalkradio.net/
Late Sun/Early Mon 2-6AM EDT (11PM-3AM PDT, 7-11AM BST, 4-8PM AEST ) "Sci-Fi
Overdrive" http://www.scifioverdrive.com/ station list on the scifioverdrive
http://www.businesstalkradio.net/weekday_host/Archives/sfo.shtml - archives
in MP3 format
Live audio link at Business Talk website - requires Windows Media Player.
National sci-fi radio talk show, sometimes with Doctor Who content. Easiest
to hear in timezones outside the USA. Hour 1 - Sci-Fi News etc. Hour 2 -
Scott Grissom. 3 - More Scott Grissom. Hour 4 - Ray Bradbury (encore
UK Gold http://www.ukgold.tv/ http://www.onthebox.com/partner/otb
Sat 7:15-9AM BST "Underworld" movie
The quest for a race bank to let a sychophantic race continue to exist.
Thrill as the bad guys fight heroically to keep these imbeciles from having
the chance to breed. Boo as the 4th Doctor finds a brilliant way to save the
day. Memo to the Time Lords - try to make all the peoples' of the universe
like you, and they'll just walk all over you.
Sat 11PM-1:55AM, Sun 6:25-9AM BST "The Invasion Of Time" movie
The 4th Doctor becomes President of Gallifrey, setting off a chain of
mystery and mayhem that could tear the oldest civilization apart.
UK Gold + 1
Late Sat Mid-2:55AM BST "The Invasion Of Time" movie
TELE 5 Poland http://www.tele5.pl/
Weekdays 7PM CET
The 12th series (Robot through Revenge Of The Cybermen) is currently airing
dubbed in Polish, apparently in order. Their TV listings are still unusable
for people who don't read Polish, and I doubt they're much better for people
who do speak Polish.
BBC Kids http://www.bbckids.ca
Weeknights 2 episodes Midnight + 4AM EDT (9PM + 1AM PDT)
Saturday/Sunday complete stories Midnight + 3:30AM EDT (9PM + 12:30AM PDT)
Wed "Underworld" pts 1+2 of 4
Thu "Underworld" pts 3+4 of 4
See UK Gold for details.
Fri "The Invasion Of Time" pts 1+2 of 6
See UK Gold for details.
Sat "The Horns Of Nimon" all 4 pts
An artificial black hole nearly destroys the TARDIS, bringing the 4th
Doctor, Romana, and K9 into the story of a dying civilization that is
sacrificing children for the promise of power.
Sun "The Leisure Hive" all 4 pts
K9's old voice (John Leeson) returns for the new season, as the 4th Doctor
and Romana continue their quest for a relaxing vacation. On the way, they
get involved in murder, junk science, and dark secrets on the planet
Argolis, where the sterile Argolins run a hive of leisure to teach peace to
civilizations who still have a chance to live.
Mon "The Invasion Of Time" pts 3+4 of 6
Tue "The Invasion Of Time" pts 5+6 of 6
See UK Gold for details.
Channel numbers in brackets ( ) indicate a digital station that is not on
the air. All stations currently airing Doctor Who that do not have digital
transmitters on the air have received wavers from the FCC giving them till
November 1, 2003 to go on the air. Low power stations do not currently have
NHPTV New Hampshire http://www.nhptv.org
digital 57-2,48-2,49-2 - simulcast currently ends before Doctor Who starts
Boston DirecTV Local 11,955
Boston Dish Local 11,8781
Sat 11PM EDT "Robot" pt 1 of 4
The 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) barely has time to recover from his regeneration
before U*N*I*T needs him to investigate a series of deaths, destruction, and
theft of vital military secrets.
WCNY/W59AU Syracuse/Utica, NY http://www.wcny.org
Sun 5:30PM EDT "The Ark In Space" pt 4 of 4
The Wirrn decide to wipe out the waking humans so that they can feast on the
rest of humanity, who still sleep away.
WSKG Binghamton, NY http://www.wskg.com
digital (42) - coming September 2003
Sat 11:30PM EDT "The Seeds Of Doom" pt 6 of 6
The Krynoid prepares to give birth and launch kids that will ravage the
WYBE Philadelphia, PA http://www.wybe.org
Philadelphia DirecTV Local 35,909
Philadelphia Dish Local 35,8162
Sat 11PM EDT "Castrovalva" pts 1+2 of 4
Peter Davison begins his tenure as the 5th Doctor with a regeneration
crisis - it didn't take. The TARDIS crew tries to help the Doctor recover
his equillibrium as the Master continues his efforts to destroy the Doctor
once and for all.
MPT Maryland http://www.mpt.org
digital 42,(29),(62),(44),(28),(56) - simulcast of analog begins in 2003?
DC/Hagerstown & Baltimore DirecTV Local 22,980
Late Sat Mid EDT "The Trial Of A Time Lord" movie, pt 2 of 4 (Mindwarp)
The 6th Doctor is appalled as the trial footage shows him behaving
increasingly out of control, with Peri's life possibly in danger. Did the
Doctor save the universe from the scientific discovery of the Mentors? If he
didn't, who did? Nabil Shaban returns as Sil. Coming August 9th - the
William Hartnell stories in episode format.
WCET Cincinnati, OH http://www.wcet.org
Cincinnati DirecTV Local 48,909
Cincinnati Dish Local 48,8356
Sat 11PM EDT "Timelash" 4 pt version, pts 1+2
In a sequel to a story never made, the 6th Doctor and Peri find themselves
as pawns in a game run by the oppressive dictator of a world the Doctor has
helped before. Can the Doctor defeat - the Borad?
WILL Urbana, IL http://www.will.uiuc.edu
Sat 11:40PM CDT "Nightmare Of Eden" pt 3 of 4
Romana learns the truth about Eden, while the Mandrills get more and more
aggressive, and the Vraxoin drug incapacitates more people.
IPTV Iowa http://www.sffn.com http://www.iptv.org
digital 50,(45),(25),(18),(28),(33),(35),(35),(34) - simulcast of analog
begins in 2003?
Des Moines DirecTV Local 11,474
Des Moines Dish Local 11,9116
Cedar Rapids Dish Local 12,9161
Omaha, NE Dish Local 32,9146
Sat 11:35PM CDT "The Hand Of Fear" pts 1+2 of 4
The 4th Doctor suspects Sarah's mind has been taken over by a fossilized
hand discovered in a gravel quarry that looked suspiciously like many alien
planets he had visited. The Doctor's suspicions grow when she single
handedly invades and takes over a nuclear power plant. She's learned some
skills from the Doctor but that's a trifle ridiculous.
KERA/K44FI Dallas/Wichita Falls, TX http://www.kera.org
Dallas DirecTV Local 13,889
Dallas Dish Local 13,8406
Late Fri 12:30AM CDT "Warriors Of The Deep" movie
The 5th Doctor gets another chance to bring peace between the species of
Earth when the Silurians and the Sea Devils resurface in the year 2084.
Alas, the Silurians and Sea Devils have different ideas.
KBDI/K32EO Denver/Colorado Springs, CO http://www.kbdi.org
Denver DirecTV Local 12,910
Denver Dish Local 12,8211
No episodes this week. Doctor Who returns late Friday July 25.
KUED/KUES-DT Salt Lake City/Richfield, UT http://www.kued.org
analog 7 (and 80+ translators all over Utah)
Salt Lake City DirecTV Local 7,982
Salt Lake City Dish Local 7,8536
Sat 11:30PM MDT "Logopolis" pt 2 of 4
The Master's machinations put the TARDIS at risk and introduces the TARDIS
crew to Tegan Jovanka.
KBTC/KCKA/K65BU Tacoma/Centralia/Gray's River, WA http://www.kbtc.org
Seattle DirecTV Local 12,910
Seattle Dish Local 28,8620
Sat 7PM, Late Sat 12:30AM PDT "An Unearthly Child - An Unearthly Child" ep 1
Sat 7:30PM, Late Sat 1AM PDT "An Unearthly Child - The Cave Of Skulls" ep 2
Sat 8PM PDT "An Unearthly Child - The Forest Of Fear" ep 3 of 4
Sat 8:30PM PDT "An Unearthly Child - The Firemaker" ep 4 of 4
The very first Doctor Who story, also known as "The Tribe Of Gum" or "100000
B.C.". Two schoolteachers investigate the home life of a very strange pupil
of theirs, bumbling into a realm beyond their understanding, a machine that
can travel in time and space. Can they survive the unknown?
KTEH/KCAH San Jose/Watsonville, CA http://www.kteh.org
San Francisco DirecTV Local 54,903
Monterey Dish Local 25,9190
Coming August 17th at 8PM PDT ...
BBV Comes to US TV with the first known American TV broadcasts
"The Airzone Solution" - starring Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, and Peter
"Auton" - starring, well, it's kinda obvious
Thanks for reading for the first 5 years. Welcome to the next 5 years. Until
next week, take care.
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